Farnham gets Silver as FZ Forza Irish Para Open comes to a close
24 June 2018
Emma Farnham won Ireland's highest medal at the 2018 Irish Para Open. Emma won a Silver medal in the Women's Doubles SS6 with her partner from Poland Maria Bartusz. Emma & Maria met the polish pair of Bujnicka/Szmigiel in a silver medal match. The match between the number one and two seeds turned out to be a tightly fought contest. Farnham/Bartusz would win the first game 21-19 before losing the second 20-22 before finishing the game with a 21-11 victory. This is a magnificent achievement for Emma as this was the highest attended Irish Para Open in history with over 160 athletes. Elsewhere Niall McVeigh came away with bronze medal in the Mixed Doubles SS6. Niall and his partner Poveda Flores from Peru lost out to eventual winners Laing/Bedford in the semi-finals. The week has been extremely successful for Irish athletes as Niall & Emma look to prepare themselves for the imminent Olympic year.
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You can watch all the finals on Badminton Ireland TV (YouTube)
Sunday 24th June saw the Irish Para Open come to a close. Players from all over the world came to the National Indoor Arena in Dublin for the five day tournament. The standard of event was exceptionally high as the event attracted more athletes from Asia and South America than previous years. This allowed players to experience new opponents and prepare themselves appropriately for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games. The closing ceremony saw speeches from Badminton Ireland President Betty Thompson and Badminton Ireland Chairman Ronan Rooney. This year the closing ceremony was treated to some very influential people in Para-Badminton in Ireland and worldwide. BWF Deputy Chair for Para-Badminton Wayne Somers delivered presentations to the Wheelchair classes. Paralympic Ireland CEO Miriam Malone delivered presentations to Short Stature classes and Ciara Browne from the Carlton Hotel Blanchardstown delivered presentations to the standing classes.
As the event continues to grow, Badminton Ireland relies heavily on volunteers throughout the week. Without the hard work of all the volunteers this event wouldn't be possible to run to the level that is required. The event saw people helping out in roles from umpiring to line judging to airport meet & greets. Each role plays its part in making this event the spectacle that the players come to expect and deserve. Badminton Ireland would like to thank all the volunteers throughout the week and look forward to working with and welcoming all existing and new volunteers.